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Airman retires after 37 years of service

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joseph Dangidang Chief Master Sgt. Karen L. Krause, 452nd Maintenance Operations Squadrons superintendent, receives a flag from a Blue Eagles Total Force Honor Guard member during her retirement ceremony at the March Cultural Resource Center, Sep. 13. Krause retires after 37 years of service to the United States Air Force….

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Pilots earned top honor for WW II actions

Courtesy Photo First Lt. Donald J. Gott and 2nd Lt. William E. Metzger Jr. of the 452nd Bombardment Group, were killed when their heavily damaged B-17 Flying Fortress exploded Nov. 9, 1944, as they raced to friendly territory in an attempt to save the life of a fellow crew member. Both were awarded the Medal…

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Knowing the facts

In 1988, Congress established National Hispanic Heritage Month by amending the 1968 law that created National Hispanic Heritage Week. Under this law, the president was asked to issue an annual proclamation designating the “31-day period beginning September 15 and ending on October 15” as National Hispanic Heritage Month. President George H.W. Bush issued the first…

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U.K. cemetery resting place for 452nd men

(Fourth in an 11-part series that was first run in the Beacon in 2007) Thirty men killed while serving in the 452nd Bombardment Group during World War II are buried at an American military cemetery near Cambridge, England. They are among more than 3,800 GIs whose graves are decorated with headstones in the shape of…

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Padres honor Team March Airmen during Air Force Appreciation Day

For the first time in the history of the Padres’ Air Force Appreciation Day, Airmen from March Air Reserve Base participated in the event.


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DOD’s Senior Enlisted Advisor speaks with March members

Posted  January 25, 2013

The most senior-ranking enlisted member of the U.S. Armed Forces, Sergeant Major Bryan Battalia, spoke to an auditorium filled with Soldiers and Airmen from March Air Reserve Base ...

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This Year Think Small

Posted  January 25, 2013

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines the verb “snowball” as increasing, accumulating, expanding, or multiplying at a rapidly accelerating rate. New Year’s resolutions can be a lot like snowballs. Just as a small lump of earth can increase in mass and speed as it rolls down a snowy hill, large and daunting goals can be equally easy to…

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Air Force implements civilian hiring freeze

Posted  January 25, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Air Force senior leaders directed a force-wide hiring freeze among other workforce actions in a memorandum sent to senior commanders, Jan. 16. The actions are part of the Air Force’s efforts to pursue reversible or recoverable steps to avoid impacts to core readiness caused by the looming possibility of sequestration and budgetary shortfalls. Civilian…

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Physical fitness: Struggle between mind, body, pain

Posted  January 25, 2013

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. — Losing weight isn’t easy. It took almost five months to accomplish my goal of losing 40 pounds. I am physically average, but mentally I am tough. To lose the weight, I motivated myself after I experienced a humiliating personal setback. I was serving in a position my old eating habits did not…

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Snapshots | Habitat for Humanity

Posted  January 25, 2013

Members of the 452d Air Mobility Wing Top Three and March Air Reserve Base chapter of the Air Force Sergeant’s Association, routinely partner with local organizations, in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity ...

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Victims’ counsel program now includes ‘unprofessional’ relationships

Posted  January 25, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – RANDOLPH, Texas — The new Special Victims’ Counsel Program starting Air Force-wide on Jan. 28, will be expanded to Basic Military trainees and technical training students who have been involved in unprofessional relationships of a physical and sexual nature. The SVC pilot program is designed to provide victims of sexual assault,…

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Triple Nickel heads to war

Posted  January 25, 2013

El Monte, Calif. — More than 20 soldiers from the Army Reserve’s 555th Transportation Coordination Detachment said farewell to their family, friends and fellow soldiers last week as they departed for a 10-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The detachment, nicknamed the “Triple Nickel,” is a subordinate unit of the 304th Sustainment Brigade,…

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Airmen of the U.S. Air Force

Posted  February 1, 2013

On Jan. 24, I was appointed as your 17th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force. It was an incredible day and as we begin this journey, I wanted to send a quick note to let you know a little bit more about me. First and foremost, I could not be any prouder of the…

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Team March makes push to Gulfport for ORI

Posted  February 1, 2013

Master Sgt. John Hale, 452d AMW historian, prepares to load bags on a truck as he awaits bus transportation to the deployment processing area. Gloves are required to be worn when loading bags. Ms. Valerie Fioretta, 452d Air Mobility Wing Airman & Family Readiness Center director, briefs personnel on services available to them and their…

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News Briefs | February 1, 2013

Posted  February 1, 2013

UPCOMING CHANGES TO TRICARE TriWest Healthcare Alliance, located outside the March Air Reserve Base main gate, will discontinue service and United Healthcare Military and Veteran Services will become the new TriCare West Region administer, effective Feb. 15. Authorizations or claims submitted prior to Apr. 1, will still be administered by TriWest Healthcare Alliance; however, all…

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